Published March 12, 2018 | Version v1
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Exploring the impact of network tariffs on household electricity expenditures using load profiles and socio-economic characteristics

  • 1. The Energy Institute at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Linz, Austria
  • 2. Center for Secure Energy Informatics, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Puch/Salzburg, Austria


Growing self-generation and storage are expected to cause significant changes in residential electricity utilization patterns. Commonly applied volumetric network tariffs may induce imbalance between different groups of households and their respective contribution to recovering the operating costs of the grid. Understanding consumer behaviour and appliance usage together with socio-economic factors can help regulatory authorities to adapt network tariffs to new circumstances in a fair way. Here, we assess the effects of 11 network tariff scenarios on household budgets using real load profiles from 765 households. Thus we explore the possibly disruptive impact of applying peak-load-based tariffs on the budgets of households when they have been mainly charged for consumed volumes before. Our analysis estimates the change in household network expenditure for different combinations of energy, peak and fixed charges, and can help to design tariffs that recover the costs needed for the sustainable operation of the grid.


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